ROCK NEWS REPORT 25 JAN 18

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LINKIN PARK'S MIKE SHINODA DROPPING SURPRISE EP TODAY

Linkin Park singer Mike Shinoda will release three new solo tracks as a digital EP on Thursday (January 25th). Reportedly titled Post Traumatic, the trio of songs includes "Looking For An Answer," which he wrote shortly after the death of his Linkin Park bandmate Chester Bennington this past July and performed live at the Bennington tribute concert held last October at the Hollywood Bowl.

  • This marks the first new music made by one of the five surviving members of Linkin Park since Bennington took his own life at his Los Angeles-area home last July 20th.
  • Since the all-star tribute concert last fall, at which the band performed with a number of guest stars, Linkin Park has not announced whether the group intends to continuing recording and touring together.
  • The band released a new concert album in December, One More Light Live, recorded on its last tour with Bennington.

Story source: The PRP

CHECK IT OUT: Here's Shinoda's tweet announcing his new release:

FANS PETITION FOR 'CLIFF BURTON DAY' IN LATE METALLICA BASSIST'S HOMETOWN

Metallica fans have tallied more than 2,000 signatures on a petition to proclaim February 10th "Cliff Burton Day" in Castro Valley, California in honor of the late Metallica bassist. Burton was born on the 10th in Castro Valley. His life was tragically cut short at the age of 24 in a tour bus crash on September 27th, 1986 in Sweden.

Petition organizer Robert Souza asked the Castro Valley Municipal Advisory Council (MAC) to back his effort, and the Council voted 7-0 in favor of it. The issue now goes to the Alameda County Board of Supervisors, who will meet on February 6th.

  • Burton was asked to join Metallica in 1982 after the band saw him perform with his group at the time, Trauma.
  • The bassist was not willing to move to Los Angeles, where Metallica was based at the time, so they decided to move to the San Francisco area so that he would join.
  • Burton played on Metallica's first three studio albums -- Kill 'Em All, Ride The Lightning and Master Of Puppets -- and co-wrote classic songs like "Ride The Lightning," "For Whom The Bell Tolls," "Fade To Black," "Creeping Death" and "Master Of Puppets."
  • Burton's initial replacement in the group was Jason Newsted, who stayed in the lineup until 2001. Rob Trujillo joined in 2003 and remains in the band to this day.
  • Metallica has yet to comment on the proposal.

Story source: Blabbermouth

LED ZEPPELIN REISSUING 2003 'HOW THE WEST WAS WON' COLLECTION

Coming on March 23rd is a newly remastered reissue of the Led Zeppelin 2003 live collection, How The West Was Won. The set, which features new remastering supervised by Jimmy Page, marks the first offering from the band in celebration of its 50th anniversary this year. How The West Was Won will be released in multiple formats including triple-CD, the first ever vinyl and Blu-ray Audio editions -- with the Blu-ray containing hi-res 5.1 surround sound -- and the LP version spread over four discs.

How The West Was Won was originally released on May 27th, 2003 featuring tracks culled from two Southern California shows recorded at the L.A. Forum on June 25th, 1972 and Long Beach Arena on June 27th, 1972. Jimmy Page sequenced the set to replicate a single concert from beginning to end. Standouts include a 25-plus minute version of "Dazed And Confused" and a 21-minute medley based around "Whole Lotta Love." The performances also capture the band introducing songs from its then-unreleased album Houses Of The Holy, which would be released nine months later. The album peaked at Number One on the Billboard 200 albums chart.

According to the album's press release: The Super Deluxe Boxed Set version includes:

  • Remastered audio on three CD's and four 180-gram vinyl LP's.
  • DVD of album in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround and PCM Stereo, plus photo gallery.
  • High-def download card of all stereo audio content at 96kHz/24 bit.
  • A book filled with rare and previously unpublished photos of the band at each of the concert locations, plus memorabilia and ephemera.
  • High-quality print of the original album cover, the first 30,000 of which will be individually numbered.

  • SOURCE: Press release

    SIDE NOTES

    • A recent Jimmy Page interview revealed that previously unheard and unreleased Led Zeppelin material will see the light of day in 2018. Page, who was filmed by the Academy of Achievement, said, quote, "There'll be Led Zeppelin product coming out, for sure, that people haven't heard, because I'm working on that. Next year will be the 50th year, so there's all manner of surprises coming out."
    • Back in October, LedZepNews.com reported John Davis, the engineer who worked with Page on the recent "deluxe expanded" Zeppelin reissues, wrote a since-deleted Facebook post, stating he had spent the day "mostly mastering Led Zeppelin."
    • There's been no word as to whether the latest Zeppelin vault release will focus on studio sessions, live concerts, or a combination of both.

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